Taking advantage of the day off

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Taking advantage of a rare day off from the grind of the 162-game schedule, Red Sox stars David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia utilized the break in the action to promote some of their off-the-field ventures.

From today’s Names column:

Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia used his off day yesterday to plug his new book, “Born To Play,’’ at the Barnes & Noble at the Pru. Watching from the wings while the reigning MVP signed books were teammates Nick Green and George Kottaras… David Ortiz hosted a party in Framingham last night to celebrate the opening of his first restaurant, Big Papi’s Grille. Described as “upscale casual,’’ the restaurant features steaks, Kobe beef burgers, pasta dishes, salads, and some of Papi’s favorites, including Dominican rice, plantain-crusted cod, and the Chimichurri burger. Among those who stopped by were teammates Jacoby Ellsbury, Jonathan Papelbon, Jason Bay, skipper Terry Francona, bench coach Brad Mills, Kiss 108’s Matt Siegel, and chef Ming Tsai.

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Check out our photo gallery with scenes from both events.

The Red Sox look to end a five-game losing streak when they host the Orioles tonight at Fenway Park. In the video at left, Ortiz tells fans not to panic giving the team’s recent struggles.

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